Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morrissey: "Spent The Day In Bed" Enters UK Top 40

'Spent the Day in Bed' has climbed 279 places up the UK airplay chart to #34, over the last week (Oct 5th to 11th).
His first UK top 40 since 'I'm throwing my arms around Paris'.

UPDATE 13TH OCTOBER - the song is now in the Airplay Top 30 (at #29)

Morrissey also appeared on "Later... with Jools Holland" on Oct. 3. He did 3 songs including the new single 'Spent the Day in Bed'. The other 2 are 'I wish you lonely' and 'All the young people must fall in love'.

Morrissey has a new upcoming album "Low in High School," his first full-length since 2014, arrives November 17.
Track titles include “The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel,” “Who Will Protect Us From the Police?,” and “Israel.”
The new album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Smiths: "The Queen Is Dead" Remastered

The Smiths' masterpiece "The Queen Is Dead" is getting the royal
remastered and expanded treatment and makes its debut on Friday 10/20!

Widely considered to be both The Smiths' finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, The Queen Is Dead has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986.
The album features several of the band's finest moments including the title track and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," as well as the iconic singles "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again."

This reissue represents the first time that The Smiths' back catalog has been revisited in such a way.
It follows two recent limited edition vinyl singles sourced from the archives: a demo mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" which was released for Record Store Day, and a "The Queen Is Dead" (live at Irvine Meadows) 7" which debuted at #1 on the official vinyl chart in the U.K. when it was released in June.

Warner UK released a demo mix version of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side as a physical 45. The sleeve is by Morrissey, with layout by Darren Evans at Warner UK.

The B-side is a previously unissued version of Rubber Ring.
The sleeve image is Salford actor Albert Finney.

Tracklist for "The Queen Is Dead" 12 inch includes "Oscillate Wildly" plus "Money Changes Everything" and "The Draize Train."
"The Queen Is Dead" entered the UK singles chart at #85 and the vinyl singles chart at #1 on June 23, 2017.

There are three physical formats for this release – which has updated artwork – a 3CD+DVD deluxe includes
the remastered album,
a bonus CD of demos, alternates and b-sides,
a further CD: Live In Boston (recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986) and
a DVD featuring the 2017 master of the album in PCM stereo. The DVD also includes The Queen Is Dead – A Film By Derek Jarman.

Disc One:
Original Album
– 2017 Remaster

Disc Two:
Additional Recordings

“The Queen Is Dead” (Full Version)
“Frankly, Mr. Shankly” (Demo)
“I Know It’s Over” (Demo)
“Never Had No One Ever” (Demo)
“Cemetry Gates” (Demo)
“Bigmouth Strikes Again” (Demo)
“Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” (Demo)
“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (Demo Mix)
“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (Take 1)

“Rubber Ring” (B-side)
“Asleep” (B-side)
“Money Changes Everything” (B-side)
“Unloveable” (B-side)

Tracks 1-7 and 9 are previously unreleased.
Track 8 was released on 7? for Record Store Day.
Tracks 10 and 11 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
Tracks 12 and 13 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from Bigmouth Strikes Again.

Disc Three:
Live In Boston (Previously Unreleased)

“How Soon Is Now?”
“Hand In Glove”
“I Want The One I Can’t Have”
“Never Had No One Ever”
“Stretch Out And Wait”
“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”
“Cemetry Gates”
“Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring”
“Is It Really So Strange?”
“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
“That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”
“The Queen Is Dead”
“I Know It’s Over”
Recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986.

A five-LP box set (good value a $91) includes all the audio listed above
(the album, an outtakes double LP, and the live album double LP).
A two-CD edition pairs the remaster with the bonus disc of demos, etc.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty: Led the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66

from Rolling Stone

Tom Petty, frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night and rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.
EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. He died on Monday at 66 years old.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
The trek marked the band's 40th anniversary and found him playing rarely played deep cuts like their first album's opener, "Rockin' Around (With You)," and a selection of Wildflowers cuts. It was intended to be his "last trip around the country." He told Rolling Stone, though, that it wasn't his intention to quit playing. "I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house," he said.

Songs like "The Waiting," "You Got Lucky," "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" all dominated Billboard's rock chart, and the majority of Petty's albums have been certified either gold or platinum.

Petty, who also recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

His most recent release, Hypnotic Eye, debuted at Number One in 2014.

Read more:

Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more

Tom Petty's daughter: Sent heartbreaking Instagram dispatches as the rock star clung to life

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Michael Jackson: SCREAM a Collection of 13 of His All-time Tracks

Sony Music confirmed the album's upcoming release, saying that "Michael Jackson SCREAM" is "a collection of 13 of his all-time most electrifying and danceable tracks including 'Ghosts,' 'Torture,' 'Thriller,' and 'Dirty Diana.' that will be released on September 29."

The highlight of the album is "Blood on The Dance Floor X Dangerous," a newly-created mash-up of five songs from remixer The White Panda.
"Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix," is from a collection of songs and short film released in 1997.

"The choice of tracks for SCREAM reflects The King of Pop's affection for this time of the year and its themes of costumes and disguise, darkness and light, character transformations and surprise," the press release said.
The album will also be available in CD and glow-in-dark vinyl (available October 27), each containing a poster unique to the format.

"Scream" is also the title of the hit 1995 duet by Jackson and his sister Janet, the video of which earned the Guinness Book of World Records title for most expensive music video with a reported price tag of $7 million.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Husker Du: Drummer Grant Hart, Dies at 56

by Greg Kot
Chicago Tribune

Husker Du: Even if you took away Bob Mould’s songs and just kept Grant Hart’s, you’d still have a great band — one of the most important and influential of the last 40 years.

Hart, who died Thursday at 56 of cancer, was Husker Du’s protean drummer and shared lead vocals and songwriting with Mould. After the band’s bitter late-'80s breakup, Mould went on to enjoy a celebrated solo career that is still in high gear. In contrast, Hart recorded and toured only sporadically, and in recent years his illness kept him off the road completely. But his legacy towers over indie music. It began with the band he co-founded with Mould in St. Paul, Minn., in 1979.

Mould paid tribute to his former bandmate with a lengthy farewell note on social media. “Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician,” he wrote.

Green Day covered one of Husker Du’s Hart-written songs, “Don’t Want to Know if You are Lonely,” and Billie Joe Armstrong once said, “I wanted to be Husker Du when I started Green Day.”

Husker Du formed soon after Mould met Hart at a record store a block away from Mould’s Macalester College dormitory. Hart was blasting punk rock on the store speakers, and the two started a friendship and soon after a band.

With the addition of bassist Greg Norton, the trio became one of the most punishing hardcore bands on the nascent punk circuit.

Husker Du's classic single written by Grant Hart from the album Candy Apple Grey was released in 1986.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Church: "Man Woman Life Death Infinity" the 26th album

"Man Woman Life Death Infinity" is the 26th album by the Church
and will be released on October 6th.

The album is their second with the rejuvenated line-up Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Ian Haug.

The epic return of 2014's critically lauded Further/ Deeper blossomed into a road-hardened beast over four tours of the USA, two back home in Australia, and a new career high in front of 20,000 Spanish fans on a lap of Europe.

"Man Woman Life Death Infinity" is where the revitalized quartet's freshly tuned chemistry reaches a new potency and precision: ten songs, 45 minutes, and a quantum leap into unexplored territory as strange as it is irresistible.

"Music is like inner space and we're astronauts," says guitarist Koppes, who co-founded the Church in Sydney in 1980. "It's a spellbinding thing. It's hypnotizing. That's why people like it. It takes them into another world and we're here to open those doors."

"This is the Church's water record," says Kilbey, singer, lyricist and bassist. "I guess water is my element. I've always marveled at the sea and rivers and rain. It wasn't conscious at all but on reflection, it definitely is a preoccupation on this record. What that means, I don't know."

"Tim borrowed my son's little electronic drum kit," Haug reveals, "so we had a mutated kit, half acoustic/ half electric, and we were just firing off each other.”

"Peter is like the mad professor of guitar theory. I've learned a lot from him over the last few years but I'm not trying to analyze the harmonic integrity of anything. If it sounds good, I'll keep going down that path. I think we complement each other really well in that way."

For up to date information visit:

Another Century (Official Music Video)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gary Numan: Releases "Savage: Songs From A Broken World"

Gary Numan releases his newest album in 4 years called "Savage: Songs From A Broken World", out September 15th.

Gary Numan will be on tour in November at the Fillmore.

My Name Is Ruin is the first video from the new album.
When The World Comes Apart
What God Intended